Fil-Am stuns Adam Levine with 'The Voice US' audition

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 08 2017 06:01 PM

There's another Filipina-American singer looking to put her stamp on "The Voice U.S." this year. 

Gaby Borromeo, who, according to her bio, was raised on karaoke, started off her blind audition, softly singing the lyrics to the Leona Lewis tune "Happy." 

And while her gentle voice did get a few nods of approval from the judges, it wasn't until she hit the raspy edges of the song's chorus that Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine and country singer Blake Shelton decided that they want her on their team. 

Levine even went up onstage to give Borromeo a hug after her performance. 

"I'm very surprised that this was not a four-chair turn," Levine told Borromeo, giving the other judges Alicia Keys and Gwen Stefani a confused look before adding: "Correct me if I'm wrong but when you started singing you seemed like you were nervous."

"But then as the song progressed, you came through in a way that just blew my mind. You're unbelievable and you belong on my team."

Shelton had similar praise for Borromeo, and even went as far as to agree with his rival coach -- a rare moment -- that Borromeo could win the popular singing contest. "It would be a shame to see somebody screw that up for you like Adam," Shelton quipped. 

Borromeo eventually went with Levine. 

Borromeo is the second Filipina-American teen to make it past the blind auditions, with the other one being Anatalia Villaranda

She expressed her excitement over Twitter, and even responded to a few fans who pointed out her nationality. She said that she is proud to be representing the Philippines.